If the water you shower with has a high iron content, the mineral can build up in your hair, giving your locks a rust-colored hue. Some commercial products and salon treatments may remove the discoloration, but both are often expensive and vary in their effectiveness. Lemonade Kool-Aid, while not designed for use as a hair product, can do impressive job at removing rust stains for a fraction of the price.
Wet your hair thoroughly, then squirt a quarter-size dab of shampoo into the palm of your hand.
Open a packet or container of lemonade Kool-Aid and pour about 1 teaspoon of the powder into your hand with the shampoo.
Squirt another dab of shampoo into your hand, then mix the shampoo and Kool-Aid together with your fingers. If the mixture is too granular or thick, add a few drops of water to thin it out.
Apply the shampoo and Kool-Aid mixture to your hair. Coat each strand generously.
Allow the mixture to soak into your hair for five to 15 minutes.
Rinse the Kool-Aid and shampoo out of your hair. While rinsing, close your eyes to prevent the Kool-Aid from entering your eyes. Shampoo again without the Kool-Aid, then rinse to remove any remaining residue.
Condition your hair with your usual conditioning product.
You can prevent chlorine from staining your hair by combing cocoa butter through it before you swim. After a swim, rinse hair with clean water and follow with a shampoo.
Baking soda mixed with shampoo may also remove chlorine and rust in hair. Rinsing hair with 8 ounces of apple cider vinegar has the same effect.
Getting Kool-Aid into your eyes may cause burning and irritation. If this occurs, flush your eyes thoroughly with lukewarm water.